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Strange NaturesFuturity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination$
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Nicole Seymour

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037627

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037627.001.0001

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Locating Queer Ecologies

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Strange Natures

Nicole Seymour

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter bridges the seeming theoretical disconnect between queer theory and ecocriticism. In doing so the chapter promotes a “queer ecology”—an emerging paradigm in which the ecological stances of the literary works treated in the following chapters are striking precisely because of the contexts from which they emerge—including postmodernism, poststructuralism, and the “post-identity” era—and precisely because they are so self-consciously queer. This chapter argues that these works manage to conceive of concrete, sincere environmental politics even while remaining, to varying degrees, skeptical, ironic, and self-reflexive. And they do so even while, as this chapter shows, queer fictions and theory are known for their cynicism, apoliticism, and negativity, such that “queer environmentalism” sounds like an oxymoron.

Keywords:   queer ecology, queer theory, ecocriticism, environmental politics, queer environmentalism, queer literature, environmental literature

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